Is Your Sleep Position Contributing to Your Injuries? – Women’s Running

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Injuries are often the sum of all stress placed on the body.

Athletes tend to think of injuries as isolated incidents: A two-hour long run equals knee pain or cross-training in the weight room is to blame for an achy back. But injuries are often the sum of all stress placed on the body. According to chiropractic sports physician John Ball, poor sleep position can be a major contributor to the injury equation.

“People think of sleep as a passive activity: lie down, close your eyes, and wake up eight hours later, ready for the world,” Ball says. “In reality, sometimes the way you’re draping that leg across your body and off the bed, or holding your arm under the pillow, can often be the final factor that pushes you over the edge of injury or keeps you from recovering fully.”

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holds the shoulder muscles on the extreme end of their range of motion,…

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